Student shows it pays to train

On-campus fitness instructor shares his experience helping students get healthy

By Olivia Valkner, Editor

As you complete your trek to the Health United Building (HUB) and ascend the stairs to the Rec Center, you are greeted by the friendly faces of student workers, who help keep the gym running like a well-oiled machine. . Valerie Workman, a young marketing student, gave an overview of her status as a student employee at the HUB.

Workman started working at the HUB about a year ago as a group fitness instructor for TRX (total body resistance exercise) classes, a type of suspension training designed to increase core stability. and total body strength.

“Since the HUB opened in the spring semester of 2020, I have enjoyed taking group fitness classes…I have taken many of the classes offered like cycling, women’s weightlifting, and TRX. I have loved TRX and the group fitness program so much that when the position became available, I couldn’t resist applying,” Workman explained.

She currently teaches TRX on Mondays and Tuesdays, Booty Bootcamp on Fridays, and Total Body Bootcamp on Saturdays.

“I plan lessons in advance and adapt the training to each person’s skill level. In the class itself, I train with my students, but am able to offer demonstrations of proper form and technique, answer their fitness questions, and be a support system when they need it. I really enjoy my job as a group fitness instructor. This job is so cool because I get paid to have fun! said the workman.

“I love teaching group fitness classes because I’m able to see the gradual growth of my returning students,” she added.

Since beginning his involvement with the HUB, Workman has also worked as one of the HUB’s personal trainers.

“I enjoy the one-to-one setting of working with a client so that we can collaborate on meaningful, positive goals. I love the enthusiasm with which my clients focus on their health,” Workman said.

“A few days ago, I was offered the position of Personal Trainer Lead. Each week, I meet with other Rec Sports staff and administration to discuss event planning, programming and general feedback we get from HUB members,” she said.

Workman explained how the HUB is a step up from the O’Connor Sports Center and how Xavier’s recreational sports have grown since he was relocated in the spring of 2020.

“We offer new courses like Booty Bootcamp, STAGES Cycling and Total Body Beat. Since the transition to the HUB, there are so many more clubs, events and opportunities than it was impossible to organize (before).

Additionally, Workman shared other opportunities that Rec Sports presents for students.

“Rec Sports now hosts monthly challenges that students can participate in for awesome prizes like massage guns, gift cards for outfitters like Lululemon, and other gym equipment. It’s great to see how many people like the community we’ve built over the past two years and I can’t wait to see what the administration does next.

Workman is also grateful for the opportunity that being a hardworking student gave her.

“My favorite thing about working at the HUB is meeting so many amazing people. I’ve made some of my best friends throughout my time working the front desk, teaching fitness classes in group and personal training. I’m lucky to have great colleagues,” she said.

Student workers are employed through the Office of Student Employment and managed by professional staff (university faculty) and student leaders.

For those interested in learning more about the HUB, attending a group fitness class, or seeking more information about Xavier Recreational Sports or the Recreation Center, students are encouraged to visit the Recreational Sports website.

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